Deepika began her modeling career while in college. During her modeling career, she has modeled for such Indian brand names as Dabur Lal powder, Liril, Limca, Close-Up toothpaste and has served as the "brand ambassador" of the Jewels of India retail jewelry show.
After pursuing a highly successful modeling career, Deepika branched out into acting. Deepika pursued her acting lessons from the Anupam Kher School of Acting. She was one of the most committed students there. She started by appearing in the music video for the song, Naam Hai Tera Tera from Himesh Reshamiya’s album Aap Kaa Surroor.
Deepika finally made her acting debut with the Kannada film titled Aishwarya starring opposite Upendra in 2006. She made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with Farah Khan's blockbuster hit Om Shanti Om, where she starred opposite Shahrukh Khan. Her performance was applauded, earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. After which she never looked back and delivered hits after hits with films like Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail, Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Piku and Bajirao Mastani to name a few. Her performance made her the highest paid actress of Bollywood.
She made her Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel in the film titled xXx: Return of Xander Cage in 2017.
Apart from acting she has also been socially very active and made her presence at various charity functions. She has adopted a village named Ambegaon in Maharashtra as a part of NDTV’s Grenathon campaign
She was romantically linked with Ranbir Kapoor and Yuvraj Singh. She is currently dating Ranveer Singh.